Pastor Saeed Abedini’s Release Not Part Of Iran Deal
saeed-abediniThe release of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini was not secured as part of the nuclear deal agreed between Iran and six major world powers including the US, his wife has confirmed. Naghmeh Abedini, who has campaigned relentlessly for her husband’s release since his arrest in 2012, has issued a statement urging the Obama Administration to reconsider. Click here to read the rest of the story.

Christian Students Rejected And Expelled From College For Their Faith
christain-studentBrandon Jenkins and Dustin Buxton, two US students, were denied admission to the Radiation Therapy Program at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). These students, who were acting out their Christian faith by seeking to serve the hurting and the sick, were brazenly refused admission because of their professed belief in God. One student, Brandon, was denied admission because when asked in an admissions interview what was the most important thing in his life, he replied simply, “My God.” Click here for more on this story.

Jewish Man Who Survived Nazi Era Helps Christians Escaping ISIS
nazis_jewishmanNinety-five year old Jewish man, Lord Weidenfeld, who had fled Nazi-occupied Austria as a child is funding the relief of about 2000 Christians who have escaped from the ISIS-infested areas of Syria and Iraq. Weidenfeld says that this is a way of showing his gratitude to the religion whose members saved him from the Nazis. It was Christian brethren who had helped him flee to England in 1938. The publisher is spearheading Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund, which last week supported the flight of 150 Syrian Christians to Poland on a privately chartered plane to allow them to seek refuge, making them the first beneficiaries of the resettlement project. More on this story, here!

Two Bombs Planted At A Church in Nigeria
A security man found a bomb during a Sunday worship service, which he tossed over the fence before it exploded. Authorities later discovered a second bomb on the church premises and disposed of it, said the Rev. Ezekiel Omidiji, senior pastor of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Gospel 1 in the Tudun Wada area of Jos, Plateau state in Nigeria. The African country has seen a spate of attacks against Christians, and especially directly to Churches, in the recent past. Click here to read more.

Ransacked Churches In Niger Face Uncertain Future
In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, the churches in the predominantly-Muslim West African nation of Niger experienced the worst attacks in their history. Ten people lost their lives following the aftermath in January and more than 70 churches were destroyed. Reconstruction of these churches has moved very slowly after shortages of funds and lack of help from the Government. Most churches are still to be rebuilt. Click here for more on this story.

Asia Bibi’s Execution Stayed
asia-bibiPakistani Christian Asia Bibi has had her execution temporarily suspended by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and could now be fully acquitted of her blasphemy charges. Found guilty of blasphemy in November 2010, Bibi has been imprisoned for five years and is currently on death row. She continues to deny accusations that she insulted the Prophet Muhammad – charges levelled at her by former colleagues. Excerpts taken from this link.

Follow-up: Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments Monument Must Go, Says Court
ten-commandments-monument-in-oklahomaOklahoma’s Supreme Court said the state must remove a Ten Commandments stone monument first placed at its Capitol in 2012, rejecting an appeal to reconsider an earlier decision. ND had reported that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, had said she would keep the monument in place while lawmakers sought a way to block the decision. More on this story here! Meanwhile, the satanic statue was unveiled in Detroit with about 100 people attending the ceremony. Some Christians staged their protest in various forms, as some chose to pray against satanism in US. Read more.